Rand-O-Blog (A Blog of Sorts)
January 30, 2004
Curtains and furniture in the living room...
and curtains in the dining room...
Progress on the puzzle... "I get by with a little help from my son..."
Posted at 4:00 PM (EST)
January 28, 2004
New journal entry... "This Article is for the Birds"
Posted at 5:00 PM (EST)
January 27, 2004
Do you have any idea how long it has been since I sat down and worked on a puzzle? I don't either. It's been that long.
The photo above is a puzzle I started last night. It's an Andy Warhol painting of a Campbell's soup can. He did a whole series
soup cans. The actual paintings are quite large. I saw them a few years ago at MoMA. I went to the museum with a girl who grew up in mainland China. The soup cans were displayed on a big wall.
As we stood before the paintings, she was puzzled and asked, "Why would someone paint soup cans?" I didn't know what to say? "Because... you know... He's Andy Warhol... It's modern art... This is
America... and we like soup?" (HERE is an article about the possibilities of the origin of the soup cans.)
As we continue to arrange our new home, we are going to make a retro cafe/lounge in part of the dining room. We have been tossing around ideas of lava lamps and shag carpeting. T thinks the puzzle
would look good framed and mounted on the wall in the cafe. I agree.
Now below is a photo of a puzzle that my mom gave me for Christmas. "The World's Most Difficult Jigsaw Puzzle" Over 500 pieces. Double-sided. Smiley faces??? I have a sneaky suspicion that I won't smile
much while attempting to put this puzzle together. This may be the puzzle that ruins it all for me, as it ironically smiles at me and taunts me.
Posted at 3:15 PM (EST)
January 26, 2004
In the journal department... "Last Night, We Hung Picasso"
Posted at 4:00 PM (EST)
January 22, 2004
I have been finding so many things that have been "out of sight, out of mind" while they were sitting
in storage for over a year (mostly books read a long time ago). This is a find that brought back a good feeling as when one
remembers an old trusted friend. It is a book called "Streams in the Desert" by Mrs. Charles Cowman, a book of daily readings. This is the third time
that I "discovered" this book. The first two times were while in the midst of divorces. I found an old copy of "Streams" on a
bookshelf in a little church while going through my first divorce. I fell in love with its encouraging words. Years later, while struggling through my second divorce, I remembered the
book and purchased the copy that you see in the photo. This time I have found it under better, happier circumstances. Opening its cover and reading the words
for January 21 was like entering a room of smiling friends and being welcomed into their conversation. I am eager to bring my day to a close tonight, sit
in the silence of my new bedroom, and "listen" to this book again.
Posted at 4:50 PM (EST)
January 21, 2004
The view from my new bedroom window...
Speaking of windows... we finally bought a few curtains for my room and T's room. Doing so was an
exercise in frustration! T found something he liked fairly quickly. I had problems. Drapery issues.
You see, I have a double window on the side of the room facing the street and a single window that looks
out on the view above. Among the curtains at the store, I found either a color/design that I liked that
would fit the double window and couldn't find a matching set for the single window, or the other way around.
After many mumbled curses on my part and a chorus of moans and growns from my sons which grew steadily and
began to sound like a death chant, I came across sheer burgundy drapes sold in single panel packages. Problem solved.
One panel for the single window, two for the double. And the burgundy goes well with the drum set! What else matters?
(They also match the spiffy outfits in my
Partridge Family photo.
I'll explain the photo some other time.)
Posted at 10:00 AM (EST)
January 19, 2004
A few morning photos...
There was a thumbnail-crescent moon above the southeastern horizon when I left for work this morning. This photo was taken around 7:15 AM.
I am sure the sky was a deeper blue just 30 minutes earlier. The photo would have had a much deeper color if I had taken it then. (Both of
these photos are a little fuzzy because I took them while driving. I know, I know... Just don't tell my mom. She worries.)
This road approaching my office would have been a good spot for sunrise photos this morning. If I had more time I could have stopped and
taken some decent shots of the sun shining through the trees and onto the snowy road. However, seeing as I have more things to move from
my mom's house and there is "band camp" tonight, I needed to get to work early in order to have time for these things later. My dream is to
support myself through writing/photography/music. Then I can chase all the sunrises and sunsets that I want. For now... back to my wage-slave life.
Posted at 9:45 AM (EST)
January 18, 2004
Nothing like being snowed in on a Sunday!
Well... I was able to go out in the afternoon to do some laundry. Then I went to my mom's to upload this since I have
no internet connection at my new place yet.
Posted at 5:30 PM (EST)
January 17, 2004
Have you ever had this gum?
I was talking about this gum with someone recently. I think it was my mom. We hadn't seen this gum in years. I remember it as
one of my favorites when I was a kid. I found it online at the Mike Feinberg Company website. They have a bunch
of cool things online. I also got a big container of 200 Atomic Fire Balls. Shipping was reasonable and very fast too.
Posted at 9:15 AM (EST)
January 14, 2004
A new journal entry.
I haven't written nearly as much as I planned on doing at the start of this month. This entry shows one of the reasons why.
Posted at 2:30 PM (EST)
January 8, 2004
"After the Holidays"
A new journal entry.
Also... two new photo galleries:
At the Diner
Posted at 11:55 PM (EST)